Vesna Trobec (b. Ljubljana, Slovenia) has learned that to create the best architecture she has to stay deeply engaged with it through a combination of teaching, art practice, and collaboration with other designers and clients. She established STUDIO TROBEC to create a working environment for these processes to feed into an architecture for clients looking for inspired, healthy, sustainable, socially responsible, and delightful, architectural work.

Vesna has worked on architectural projects in rural & urban Australia and in Papua New Guinea. She has studied in Canada, Taiwan, the USA, Papua New Guinea, and Japan.

Her experience spans houses, multi-residential buildings, mixed-use buildings, cultural buildings, education buildings, medical buildings (including specifically for maternity purposes), playgrounds and public furniture, public artworks, memorials, other urban design, and masterplans. She has represented clients at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and the Land and Environment Court (LEC) as an expert witness. She has a good knowledge of NSW Planning.

Vesna has been commissioned to exhibit her art and architecture practice nationally, received a World Community Architecture Award for a collaborative project in Papua New Guinea, investigated public spaces in New York on the Byera Hadley Traveling Scholarship, was nominated on two consecutive years for the NSW Graduate Design Medal, received the Ethel M Chettle Prize in Architecture, as well as numerous other design awards and scholarships.

Below are people who have collaborated with STUDIO TROBEC on the designs of projects past and present.


Russell Rodrigo has collaborated with Studio Trobec for over 10 years. Recently Russell and Vesna worked on the design of two memorials in Sydney. They were finalists for the Bondi Memorial, which was dedicated to the victims of homophobic violence in Sydney during the 70s, 80s and 90s. They also designed the winning entry for the AIDS Memorial in Green Park, Darlinghurst, for the City of Sydney.

Russell is an artist, architect and academic with an interest in the architecture and philosophy of memory and place. He is the designer of the Gay and Lesbian Memorial and the NSW Police Memorial in Sydney.

Russell’s work focuses on an understanding of memorialisation as an ongoing process, constructed and re-constructed through the engagement of the participant in ritualised acts of remembrance.


Stephanie Gotis-Graham takes delight in composing wonderfully rich, tactile and light-filled environments that aim to enhance peoples lives. She is an Architecture graduate from the University of Sydney.


Candace C-Ching Lee studied Architecture at the University of New South Wales.

She likes to keep things in simple forms. The detailing has always been her primary concern.

She believes that  “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Anotonie de Saint Expert. Also, she loves art and abstract photography. The meaning behind each piece is the most important elements when she feels the appreciation for art.



Lars Nielsen adheres to the design principles of form and function.

Lars completed a Certificate Three in Detail Drafting in 2011 and a Diploma of Architectural Technology in 2013. He has worked for a number of firms including Above Board Design, Tregarthen Services, and Aldo Virtich Design.  He has worked on residential and commercial building projects to produce Architectural and structural drawings.


Min Dark has over 20 years of experience in the profession at highly regarded design firms in Sydney on award winning architecture. She is a very talented designer who combines highly sophisticated problem-solving skills with playful and joyful forms. Studio Trobec collaborated with Min on two houses.



Michelle Valderrama had started a degree in Business at the University of New South Wales before moving into architecture at The University of Technology, Sydney.

She developed a particular interest in the potential for architecture to improve the nature of the built environment by responding and adapting to its context. For her, well-considered design creates safer, healthier spaces for people to live. Needless to say, she is a keen designer who likes to make things physical, virtual, and/or edible.

She also draws beautifully by hand and is able to bring the imagination to life this way.


Roya Richmond is an aspiring architect and graphic enthusiast with a flair for composition and curating physical materials. Her design process is driven phenomenologically. She creates beautiful spaces to interact with.

Bronia Iwanczak‘s (Visual Artist/Collaborator on public works) mixed media practice encompasses film, photography, artist books, and sculptural installation.With a diverse background that straddles the disciplines of Design, Visual Arts and Exhibition Curation, her interests lie at the intersection of narrative explorations of contested histories in relation to the built and natural environment.
For the last 20 years she has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been the recipient of grants including both the Australia Council’s residency programs for Los Angeles and New York. More recently she has engaged in residencies in France and India. Her work is held in a number of national and international collections which include Artbank, the Samstag collection, the Tate Gallery Library and the Penelope Seidler collection.

Bronia’s website & portfolio here

STUDIO TROBEC works with a network of draftspeople, artists, engineers, builders, landscape & interior designers, and other specialists, to complete high quality projects.